Creativity is the key to unlock happiness, even if you can’t draw a stick figure!
When we think about being creative, we think art, Picasso and Van Gough. We run away, remembering mean comments from the kids at school, or even the adults telling you ‘don’t make a mess’
Creativity isn’t limited to drawing realistic portraits or an expressive painting of sunflowers.
There are a couple of keys, and you already have them.
“But I’m not creative”
Everytime I hear this I have the same reaction
YOU WERE FUCKING WELL BORN CREATIVE!
Ranting aside, it’s true. The trick is finding the creative outlet for you and going for it.
You may see something on Pinterest or Instagram and think “I need to try that”. Or perhaps you are at the other end of the spectrum – I like to call it ‘Can’t Create, Won’t Create’. Where fear paralyses you. Where you don’t know where to or how to start. Maybe you suffer from comparisonitis, “it doesn’t look like XXX, I’m rubbish, I can’t do this”.
#TRUTHBOMB You can create beautiful artwork that sets your soul alight.
I can hear the frustration in your voice and that’s why I’m writing this post. This isn’t a step by step to make a specific project, nor is it a ‘get on with it’ pep talk. This is a ‘how to’ structure that will give you results and show you HOW to move from ‘Can’t Art, Won’t Art’ to confident creative without the need for therapy or repetitive drawing.
What’s more, I’ve hunted high and low to give you the BEST resources on the interwebs to work through those stumbling blocks and accelerate your creativity!
Enough babbling, let’s get to the juicy bit… INTRODUCING
The 5 P’s – taking you from Can’t Create, Won’t Create to Creative Genius.
A Complete Beginners Guide to Harnessing your Creative Genius
Chapter 1 – Perfectionism
Chapter 2 – Procrastination
Chapter 3 – Permission
Chapter 4 – Practise
Chapter 5 – Play
First of all, meet the ENEMY of creativity. This is the fear that holds you back. The unspoken, ingrained belief that anything less than perfect is not good enough, unworthy and somehow less.
That focus on the end product not only frightens us, it decreases our ablity to accept what is and enjoy the present moment. It can rule our life, not just our creativity.
Face your perfectionism!
Seems a little early? This is the BIGGEST reason people fail, quit or stay small. This is what stops you from even starting – the fear we will not live up to the perfect expectation we have. In order to move forward, we need to address this first, not later on – or you are going nowhere – and we want to create, not sit and cower!
Oh! Procrastination! That brick wall topped with razor wire and it’s just way too much fucking effort… So how do you bin that remote and beat the urge to have a netflix binge?
Find the root of your procrastination… Then take a sledgehammer to that sucka!
For me, it is all about how I prioritise things. I used to feel that I couldn’t create if there was still housework, I felt guilty for indulging while there was still work to do.
The thing is, I can ALWAYS find some sort of housework to do, there is washing EVERY DAY. Now, after 7pm, I am banned from housework. Self care and creativity are paramount.
The change took time, I set alarms, looked at necessity – does it HAVE to be done right now (today). Does it HAVE to be done by me – my husband soon started pulling his weight, while his cleaning isn’t perfect (it’s pretty slapdash) it will do for a few weeks, then I do a deep clean. It frees up about 3 hours each week for me and allows me to dedicate that time to paint and glue!
Remember when you had to ask permission?
What about the feeling of validation – being told you were a ‘good girl’ (or boy or hamster as the case may be… We are trained from an early age to crave validation, taught to gain permission.
As a result, when we become adults, we still seek these feelings and the positive emotions we were taught to associate with permission. Guess what – it’s now YOU that GIVES permission.
Seek your own permission and SAY YES! If you’re struggling, grab yourself a permission slip, fill it in, and put it somewhere you can see. Anytime you are struggling or feel guilty – GO LOOK AT THAT SUCKA AND PAY ATTENTION – no-one else can give you permission, only you. Stop looking for an adultier adult.
I heard that sigh – stay with me. I loath the old saying “practise makes perfect”, it counjours up images of doldrum and repartition of algebra in maths class. Even so, it has a firm place in this process.
Despite my dislike of practise, repartition is key – I’m not talking abut repartition of the same thing over and over. I refer to making space for creativity, repeting this regularly.
Drawing, photography, painting, it doesn’t matter what your media is – keep taking those photos, but switch up the topic/subject. Plants one day, the cat the next. This will not only keep your interest, but also allow you to practise which embeds knowledge. Two birds, one stone!
Let’s regain some sense, have you watched the kids play with wild abandon, creating for the joy of creation, not the end product? This is SUPER IMPORTANT.
This will fuel your creativity, replenish the well AND it’s an EPIC method of self care. No stress, no worries, just playing with paint and glue. Or crayons… Whatever takes your fancy!
These guys share the same philosophy; go check them out and enjoy playtime without limits.
In conclusion, unlocking your inner creative is pretty simple.
There is not one type of creativity that is less than another. In addition, you praise you children/nieces/nephews for those messy handprints in muddy colours – treat yourself with the same respect – so stop expecting yourself to create a Van Gough the second you pick up that brush!
Not sure what type of creativity will suit you? This quick quiz will get you on the way:
Most of all, cut yourself some slack. Creativity is about enjoyment, not pressure. My final words; Unlock that creativity. Go on, what are you waiting for??
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